Dim the lights. Light a candle, something scented with ylang-ylang or jasmine. Take that tiny rake and drag it through the mini Zen garden on your knick-knack shelf. Arrange for your cat to bump the wind chimes. Then click on over to Coins, a simple and relaxing puzzle game from Monosynth Games. Slide coins around from their initial position to a goal position in forty soothingly beige levels.

Click on a coin and click where you'd like to place it. Sounds easy, right? Well, of course there's a catch. In the first twenty levels, you can only move a coin to a place where it's touching two other coins. In the second twenty, it must be touching two coins of different colors. In the twenty bonus levels on the iOS version, the coin itself changes color when it moves. As you would expect, the fewer moves you take, the higher your personal awesomeness meter.

Mellow string strumming, parchment and watermark backgrounds, and coins that look like they've been carved from wood soothe your senses while your brain cells enjoy a gentle massage. Getting the highest score (which, rather than the typical star, grants you some kind of abstract box drawing) can be rather difficult in some levels, but the passing margin is rather generous, so you'll never get stuck on a level and unable to move on to the next. This cuts down on frustration considerably while still providing a goal for us perfectionistic types.

The iOS bonus levels provide a little more of a challenge in that it's possible to get stuck and need to restart via the button in the upper right, since you can end up with no possible legal moves if you color change in the wrong way. In general, however, either version is a game that's going to relieve your stress, not add to it, and most of us could use that now and then.

## Walkthrough Guide

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Coins WalkthroughHow the Walkthrough is SetupBefore giving the steps, the positions are indicated with a screenshot of the starting board.

The steps are structured like so:

(current position of coin)-(which position to move the coin).

Some of the simpler, early levels are described by words without images.

Level 1Level 1-1Drag the free coin to the shaded spot.

Level 1-2Drag the top coin to the shaded spot.

Level 1-3Position Numbers

Steps:

1-5, 4-3, 2-6

Level 1-4Drag each of the free coins to a shaded spot.

Level 1-5Position Numbers

Steps:

2-6, 5-4, 3-7

Level 1-6Drag one of the free coins to the middle shaded spot. Drag each of the two remaining coins to the other spots.

Level 1-7Drag the lower right coin to either shaded spot. Drag the other free coin to the remaining spot.

Level 1-8Drag one of the bottom coins to the upper right shaded spot. Drag each of the remaining coins to a spot.

Level 1-9Position Numbers

Steps:

8-6, 4-9, 1-10, 6-3

Level 1-10Position Numbers

Steps:

13-2, 3-7, 12-1, 2-6

1-5, 4-11, 5-9

Level 2Level 2-1Position Numbers

Steps:

7-2, 6-1, 8-3, 2-7

Level 2-2Position Numbers

Steps:

5-3, 1-7, 4-6, 3-5

Level 2-3Position Numbers

Steps:

3-4, 7-2, 8-1, 2-10

9-6, 5-11, 6-9

Level 2-4Position Numbers

Steps:

6-2, 1-5, 3-4, 2-6

Level 2-5Position Numbers

Steps:

6-3, 7-1, 3-2, 1-6, 4-7

Level 2-6Position Numbers

Steps:

5-1, 2-6, 4-2

Level 2-7Position Numbers

Steps:

3-9, 2-8, 6-4, 5-10

Level 2-8Position Numbers

Steps:

5-12, 10-8, 6-13, 12-4

8-3, 7-2, 4-1

Level 2-9Position Numbers

Steps:

4-1, 6-2, 1-8, 2-6, 7-4, 5-7

Level 2-10Position Numbers

Steps:

9-2, 6-3, 5-1, 2-6, 4-9

Level 3Level 3-1Position Numbers

Steps:

5-4, 6-2, 4-1

Level 3-2Position Numbers

Steps:

6-1, 3-2, 1-5, 2-8

Level 3-3Position Numbers

Steps:

3-8, 5-7

Level 3-4Position Numbers

Steps:

1-4, 3-7, 2-11, 5-10

4-9, 7-12, 10-13

Level 3-5Position Numbers

Steps:

8-6, 9-3, 5-9, 7-2, 1-7

Level 3-6Position Numbers

Steps:

3-8, 9-3, 8-2, 7-1, 5-7

Level 3-7Position Numbers

Steps:

6-4, 2-6, 7-2, 1-7, 4-1

Level 3-8Position Numbers

Steps:

7-1, 2-7, 1-8, 6-4, 3-5

Level 3-9Position Numbers

Steps:

2-8, 7-5, 6-2

Level 3-10Position Numbers

Steps:

1-5, 3-1, 9-3, 7-9, 2-7

6-2, 8-6, 4-8, 5-4

Level 4Level 4-1Position Numbers

Steps:

7-5, 12-10, 11-4, 5-7, 10-5

6-8, 1-3, 2-9, 8-6, 3-8

Level 4-2Position Numbers

Steps:

10-4, 7-3, 5-2, 4-1, 3-7

Level 4-3Position Numbers

Steps:

7-8, 5-9, 4-10, 9-5, 8-9, 1-3

Level 4-4Position Numbers

Steps:

9-5, 11-2, 10-1, 5-9, 8-7

2-4, 7-8, 3-7, 6-5

Level 4-5Position Numbers

Steps:

3-7, 9-11, 4-10, 7-12

11-5, 10-2, 1-11

Level 4-6Position Numbers

Steps:

2-7, 10-4, 1-3, 7-9, 6-7

Level 4-7Position Numbers

Steps:

8-1, 3-2, 4-6, 5-11

1-7, 11-5, 2-11

Level 4-8Position Numbers

Steps:

7-1, 2-7, 3-8, 7-2, 1-7

Level 4-9Position Numbers

Steps:

3-9, 1-8, 7-10, 9-2, 6-1, 8-6

Level 4-10Position Numbers

Steps:

4-2, 8-6, 7-1, 6-8

3-6, 2-5, 1-7

Posted by: Kyh | December 21, 2011 11:43 PM